Southern Illinois University’s MFA Programs Explore Concepts Across Disciplines

The graduate programs at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale (SIU) are structured to provide students exposure to a broad range of creative approaches in nine areas of study: Blacksmithing, Ceramics, Design, Drawing, Glass, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, and Small Metals. We promote a diverse approach to making through courses designed to address contemporary issues while fostering an atmosphere balanced between conceptual development and material inquiry. Students will find that they are well supported in cross-discipline exploration as they strive to develop their best work.

With 24/7 studio access, extensive facilities, exhibition spaces, and multiple funding opportunities, students have everything they need to excel.

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SIU School of Art and Design is an accredited three-year Master of Fine Arts degree. At SIU, students have access to excellent resources to facilitate their creative development, including an engaged faculty who are professional artists, designers, and scholars; extensively equipped facilities; tuition waivers; dedicated studio spaces; and regular opportunities to exhibit their work. We maintain a dynamic environment in which emerging artists and designers develop through access to the opportunities inherent to a Carnegie Research University.

Prospective students are encouraged to visit our campus on the edge of the Shawnee National Forest so they can tour our facilities and meet with faculty and current grads. Schedule appointments through our Graduate advising office by contacting Diane McClain-Inman at [email protected] or (618) 453-4313, or by emailing the faculty in your chosen field. 

My time working towards my MFA at SIU was both inspiring and rewarding. I’m forever grateful for the guidance and support I received from both the faculty and my fellow students. This experience gave me so much and continues to meaningfully contribute to the advancement of my work and studio practice.

Caro Burks, MFA 2020

Applications for Fall 2023 are due February 15.

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